About John

John Downing witnessed the magic of the dark room as a 13 year old and his life was changed forever.

He joined the Daily Mail as an apprentice in 1973 and served a five year apprenticeship. At the end of his training he joined the Daily Express as a freelance and got a break when he was sent on his first foreign trip in 1978 to East Pakistan.

The photographs that the young Downing produced were considered so strong by his picture desk that they were entered into the World Press Photo competition where he gained a respectful runners up award, impressive for a relative newcomer.

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This was the first of many awards that John downing has earned throughout his career that has seen him in many war zones and in areas of great danger throughout his career.

He has won the British Press Photographer of the Year Award an unprecedented seven times, the Photokina Gold Medal (1978), twice runner-up in the World Press Photo Competition (1972 and 1978), United Nations Gold Medal (1990 – Photography section), Royal Newspaper Photographer of the Year (1990), Kodak Press Awards (overall winner – 1992), British Airways London Eye Competition (overall winner – 2001) and he was International Photographer of the Year (1994 – La Nation, Argentina). In 1992 he was honoured with an MBE for ‘Services to journalism.’ And in 2001, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the UK Picture Editors Guild.

About John

John Downing witnessed the magic of the dark room as a 13 year old and his life was changed forever.

He joined the Daily Mail as an apprentice in 1973 and served a five year apprenticeship. At the end of his training he joined the Daily Express as a freelance and got a break when he was sent on his first foreign trip in 1978 to East Pakistan.

The photographs that the young Downing produced were considered so strong by his picture desk that they were entered into the World Press Photo competition where he gained a respectful runners up award, impressive for a relative newcomer.

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This was the first of many awards that John downing has earned throughout his career that has seen him in many war zones and in areas of great danger throughout his career.

He has won the British Press Photographer of the Year Award an unprecedented seven times, the Photokina Gold Medal (1978), twice runner-up in the World Press Photo Competition (1972 and 1978), United Nations Gold Medal (1990 – Photography section), Royal Newspaper Photographer of the Year (1990), Kodak Press Awards (overall winner – 1992), British Airways London Eye Competition (overall winner – 2001) and he was International Photographer of the Year (1994 – La Nation, Argentina). In 1992 he was honoured with an MBE for ‘Services to journalism.’ And in 2001, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the UK Picture Editors Guild.

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